I Get To

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When I looked at my calendar for this week I saw I had three curriculum nights scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, one for each child.  I was honestly overwhelmed at the thought of going to all of them.  Then tonight as I drove into the parking lot I had an "I get to" moment.

"I get to" be here at curriculum night.  "I get to" meet my child's teachers and classmate's parents. "I get to" do the mundane tasks as a mom like go to three curriculum nights this week.

Last spring I would have done anything to experience these moments as a mom instead of going through my cancer treatments.

I share this because I am not the only parent who has curriculum night(s) this week.  Yet I may be one of a few who had an "I get to" moment tonight.  If you are feeling overwhelmed by the commitments the start of the school year brings, remember there are parents who would love to be doing the mundane beside you but who aren't able to.  And as grateful as I am tonight for my "I get to" moment, my heart is with those families who don't get to be there for whatever reason, including the families in Houston, those in the path of Hurricane Irma, those impacted by the fires out west, (the list could go on and on) who right now would love life to be as comfortable as ours is right now going to curriculum night(s).

Opening our eyes to see the broader picture of what's really in front of us can give us perspective.

I invite you to join me in taking a moment to...

Pause. Breathe. Pray.

As grateful as I am be to be here and experiencing life with my family, I hope I never forget to look beyond my own circumstances and gain perspective on what really matters in life and that is loving other people; from those right beside us to those half way around the world.  

I pray that those of us whose lives are comfortable right now not settle in and get stuck in our routines.  My hope is that instead use what we have - whether it is our time, energy and/or our resources- to reach out to help those who could use it.

It's a privilege to "get to" be the one who helps others, brightening their future, and our own.

With hope,

Shawn